Gupkar Alliance sentences Yasin Malik to life imprisonment

The NIA court, while sentencing Malik to life imprisonment, also imposed a fine of Rs 10 lakh. He was sentenced to life imprisonment twice (once for waging a war against the nation and once under UAPA Article 17 for raising funds for a terrorist act). The NIA had sought the death penalty for the separatist leader who was sentenced on May 19


Yasin Malik. Peak/Pallav Paliwal






The People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) on Wednesday called the life imprisonment of Yasin Malik, a separatist leader from Jammu and Kashmir, in a terrorist financing case “unfortunate”, and said the National Investigation Agency (NIA) tribunal had “delivered its verdict but not justice”.

In a press statement, the PAGD expressed concern that the decision could backfire and further deepen separatist sentiment in Jammu and Kashmir. “The life imprisonment imposed on Yaseen Malik is regrettable and a setback for peace efforts. We fear that this will further aggravate uncertainties in the region and only fuel further alienation and separatist sentiments,” says the press release.

“The triumphalism displayed by the BJP and the corporate media is bound to prove counterproductive,” he added. The PAGD, in its statement, also suggested that Yasin Malik should take every legal opportunity to challenge this verdict. The NIA court, while sentencing Malik to life imprisonment, also imposed a fine of Rs 10 lakh. He was sentenced to life imprisonment twice (once for waging a war against the nation and once under UAPA Article 17 for raising funds for a terrorist act). The NIA had requested the death penalty for the separatist leader who was sentenced on May 19.

On May 10, Malik told the court that he did not contest the charges against him, including Articles 16 (terrorist act), 17 (raising funds for the terrorist act), 18 (conspiracy to commit terrorist act) and 20 (being a member of a terrorist gang or organization) of the UAPA and sections 120-B (criminal association) and 124-A (sedition) of the Indian Penal Code.

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Elna M. Lemons